Police has arrested 43 year old Surat resident Gurfan Pinjari has been arrested for sending obscene images to journalist Barkha Dutt in February. Apart from Pinjari, three other residents of Delhi namely, -year-old Rajiv Sharma, 31-year-old Hemraj Kumar and 34-year-old Aditya Kumar have also been taken into custody for sending obscene images and texts to the journalist.
On February 18th, Barkha Dutt took to twitter to share screenshot of vulgar images and texts that she had been receiving over WhatsApp. Apart from complaining about the images, Barkha went even a step further to directly blame the “nationalists” for the messages.
Following this twitter had blocked certain features of Barkha Dutt’s handle, for which she had complained to Jack Dorsey though didn’t get a response, atleast publicly.
An FIR was reportedly registered under IPC sections 354-D (stalking), 506 (threatening), 507 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), and sections 67 and 67-A (publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act) of the IT Act.
The accused have claimed that they obtained Barkha Dutt’s numbers from social media sites where it was being circulated as contact for escort services.